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Monday 24 - Wednesday 26 June 2019

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

8.30 am - 4.30 pm


Keynote presenters

Catherine Bradshaw
Catherine Bradshaw is a professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behaviour and school-based prevention. She collaborates on research projects examining bullying and school climate; the development of aggressive and problem behaviours; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimisation, and environmental stress on children; children with emotional and behavioural disorders and autism; and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools. She has led a number of federally funded randomised trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models.

Shiralee Poed
Shiralee Poed is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. For almost 30 years, Shiralee has worked as a teacher in Australian state, Catholic and independent primary, secondary and special schools, as well as in various senior educational roles. Prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne in 2011, Shiralee was a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Queensland. Shiralee’s research interests include disability discrimination in education, reducing the use of restrictive interventions, and using Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports with fidelity.

Kent McIntosh
Kent McIntosh teaches and conducts research in the areas of positive behaviour support, school systems change, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in schools. He is Professor of Special Education and Director of Educational and Community Supports at the University of Oregon. Dr. McIntosh has worked as a teacher, social worker and family and child interventionist. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of School Psychology and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Behaviour Interventions and School Psychology Review. His current programs of research focus on the implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, and equity in school discipline.

Rose Iovannone
Rose Iovannone is an assistant professor at the College of Behavioural and Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies, Florida Centre for Inclusive Communities at the University of South Florida. She is the Director of the Behaviour Research Centre, the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Project. Dr. Iovannone is a board certified behaviour analyst and has extensive experience in working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. Dr. Iovannone’s primary research interests have been in the areas of functional behaviour assessment and positive behaviour support, multi-tiered support systems and the problem-solving process, assessment/evaluation, autism and related disabilities, and systems change.

Other expert presenters

George Sugai
George Sugai is co-director of the National Centre on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports and Research Scientist for the Centre for Behavioural Education and Research in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Sugai has presented at numerous international conferences and has served as advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice and Health. 

Michael Nunno
Michael Nunno is a senior extension associate at Cornell University. Dr. Nunno has expertise in social policy, regulation, and legislation related child welfare issues as well as specific expertise in the identification, prevention, and etiology of child abuse and neglect. Related to these interests has been his work in organisational implementation strategies to introduce crisis prevention systems.

Gary LaVigna
Gary LaVigna is clinical director of the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles, California. He spends much of his time consulting with organisations on establishing non-aversive behaviour support plans for individuals exhibiting severe and challenging behaviour and presenting seminars on the topic throughout the world.

Anne Todd
Anne Todd is a senior research assistant at the University of Oregon. Anne is experienced in state-of-the-art instructional strategies including curricular adaptions, specially designed individualised instruction, social skills instruction, and function-based positive behavioural support. Her work has contributed to development of tools being use in schools across the world including the School Wide Evaluation Tool (SET).

Conference strands

Learning and wellbeing
Australian stories
Building capability
Data for solutions
Equity and inclusion
Positive practices
Family engagement and student voice


School staff - Payment by corporate card will be required on registration. Please have your corporate card available when you are ready to register.

Central and Regional Office staff - Your payment will be processed by journal transfer. Please have your cost centre or internal order number ready to enter on registration.

Others – Payment by credit card will be required on registration. Please have your credit card available when you are ready to register.


Conference Hotel

Book accommodation online at Rydges to get a special conference rate.

Alternatively, call Rydges South Bank on 07 3364 0800 and mention you are attending the Department of Education PBL Conference.


Qld DoE funded - excluding GST

  • EARLY BIRD Full conference and Master Class before 31 March


  • 2-day conference and Master Class


  • 2-day conference


OTHERS - including GST

  • EARLY BIRD Full conference and Master Class before 31 March


  • 2-day conference and Master Class


  • 2-day conference




Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Grey Street
South Brisbane


Event Organiser

Kathy Walton
07 3513 6813

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